A lot of children are naturally thin. If your child has lost weight or has shot up in height without gaining pounds, discuss it with her pediatrician. A caution for parents with infants: In fact, it's perfectly normal for a child to chow down six times a day. American Academy of Pediatrics. If your child is a finicky eater, try to make foods as appetizing as possible.
Even kids who hate green beans can be enticed to sample ones they've grown themselves.
Skinny Kids, Ages 3-12
American Academy of Pediatrics, HealthyChildren. The Secret to Maintaining Weight Loss? You should be concerned, however, when a youngster doesn't seem to be growing properly. If your child is suffering from anorexia, you may notice she exercises compulsively, has lost an excessive amount of weight that is, weighing less than 85 percent of what is normal for her height and agedisplays an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, has a distorted sense of what she looks like, refuses to maintain a normal weight, has developed peculiar food rituals, uses laxatives, diuretics, or enemas, and has stopped menstruating if she's a teenager. Anorexia nervosa is a preoccupation with thinness and dieting that leads to extreme weight loss. Try creating a vegetable garden together, or planting herbs in a pot or on the windowsill. That's sure to backfire.